Nuclear Energy Pros and Cons

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The etymology of the word “nuclear” comes. This is of course because nuclear energy was discovered after experimenting with reactions of uranium atoms and neutrons. But it is interesting to think that just as the reaction that creates nuclear energy is found in the nucleus of uranium atoms, the controversy over the continued use of nuclear energy is at the core of practically any discussion about it. What is nuclear energy?

Renewable Energy Vital For Jordan & Lebanon’s Future

Green Prophet

The European Commission has earmarked €71 million to support renewable energy projects in Jordan whilst a report highlights the importance of solar power for Lebanon’s future. Whilst the Middle East may be known worldwide for its oil, many nations are now starting to look to renewables for a sustainable source of energy. A report on the state of Lebanon’s energy sector also noted that renewable energy was vital to the country’s future development.

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Sun Salutations! Germany’s Siemens Pulls Out of Nuclear Energy

Green Prophet

Siemens CEO Peter Loscher on nuclear energy: “This chapter is closed for us” German industrial giant Siemens, already a leader in developing renewable energy projects and sustainable future residential communities has announced that it will phase out its participation in building equipment for nuclear power plants. Löscher told Der Spiegel: “The chapter (of building nuclear plants) is closed for us.

In Germany, Renewable Energy surpasses nuclear and coal power

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In 2011 Germany finally saw their renewable energy production top that of almost all other sources of energy. The country produced more energy from renewable sources than from nuclear, hard-coal or gas-fired plants this year after boosting investments in projects from wind to biomass. The only other energy generation source greater than the renewable energy mix was lignite-fired power, which is so-called “soft” coal.

What Are the 4 Main Types of Non-Renewable Energy?

Greentumble

Energy security is an issue of ever. We are so dependent on energy that continuous access to it is a prerequisite for the functioning of our economy and society. The supply of energy, heavily informed by geography and the natural resource wealth of countries, helps determine at least partly relations with other countries. The availability of affordable energy is the key issue of modern politics. What are the four main sources of non-renewable energy? #1

Wind power continues to beat nuclear energy in China

Green Blog

China has been the world’s largest consumer of energy since 2009 when the country surpassed the US. The majority of the energy which is produced and consumed in China comes from dirty fossil fuels. According to numbers from the International Energy Agency (IEA), about 78 percent of the total electricity generated in China between 2004 and 2010 came from coal. To combat this, China is investing heavily in more sustainable and cleaner energy sources.

Global warming heats up a renaissance of nuclear energy

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Global warming and the BP oil spill have helped rehabilitate nuclear energy in the eyes of the public – and even in the eyes of a fair number of environmentalists. Environmentalist on the nuclear bandwagon? They even do not seem to realize that we cannot afford nuclear. However, they keep harping on, nowadays, about that nuclear-power does not give off CO2 and such emissions. In the USA Dominion Energy Inc.

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Greenpeace activists protests against nuclear energy in Sweden

Green Blog

Today Greenpeace activists protested against recent political plans to introduce new nuclear reactors in Sweden. Dressed as different renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and water, and with the help from a old fire truck the activists managed to cross the security fences surrounding the Swedish nuclear plant. Reactors are standing in the way of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.”.

Newly Anti-Nuclear Japan Scrambles for Renewable Energy Solutions

Green Blog

With the disastrous tsunami of March 11, 2011 looming not far in the background, Japan is struggling to decide what to do about record energy shortages. Public opinion has turned strongly against nuclear energy and put plans for nuclear expansion, popular up to the time of the earthquake, suddenly out of the question. Even with drastic energy-saving measures in place, the hopes for making severe cuts to energy consumption are not high.

Renewable Energy Sources May Provide Political Breakthrough

Celsias

Why are we even talking about Iran's nuclear program when renewable energy offers a clear way out of this conundrum? If we can remove bad politics from the equation for a moment and get back to business as usual, energy diplomacy with Iran could render the nuclear question irrelevant altogether. The West is not alone in the pursuit of renewable energy capacity.

Germany's Decision to Phase out Nuclear Energy

Celsias

On 30 May, in the aftermath of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would close all of its 18 nuclear power plants between 2015 and 2022, which produce about 28 percent of the country's electricity. Eight have now been taken offline, and with the winter coming on Berlin is scrambling to make up the energy shortfall lest the country suffer blackouts combined with the need to import massive amounts of electricity.

Renewable energy overtakes nuclear and becomes Scotland's top power source

Green Blog

According to newly released statistics from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable energy sources produced 32 percent of Scotland''s electricity in the first half of 2014 – beating both nuclear power, which used to be Scotland''s main source of electricity, and fossil fuels. terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity from renewable energy sources in the first half of 2013. The majority of renewable energy in Scotland comes from wind and hydro.

Nuclear Plant Closures in Germany Could Signal a Nuclear Energy Exit

Eco Friendly Daily

On all environmental channels and even others, the topic of the day remains the nuclear disaster that’s seems to be growing worse each day in Japan. Other countries around the world have taken the disaster as a warning signal and have either ordered fresh audits on their nuclear plants or ramped back future plans. It has also been the target of anti-nuclear protests, so the move could draw a few votes her way.

Germany- A Non Nonsense Renewable Energy Model for the US?

Celsias

A modern industrial economy, the biggest and most powerful in the European Union, is making a clean break from coal, oil and nuclear energy. Germany already gets 25% of its electricity from renewables and is on track to be running on 80% renewable energy by 2050. Some predict it could even reach 100% by then.

Germany- A No Nonsense Renewable Energy Model for the US?

Celsias

A modern industrial economy, the biggest and most powerful in the European Union, is making a clean break from coal, oil and nuclear energy. Germany already gets 25% of its electricity from renewables and is on track to be running on 80% renewable energy by 2050. Some predict it could even reach 100% by then.

How Can We Get to Zero-Carbon Energy?

Nature Conservancy - Science

But even with substantial improvements in energy efficiency and conservation, atmospheric CO2 levels will continue to grow over the coming decades unless significant global steps are taking to stabilize them — among them, a large increase in zero-carbon energy production. Obviously, political will would help get us to zero-carbon energy. Energy Storage for Renewables. Surplus energy can also be used to compress air , which is then decompressed to supply energy.

Can Nuclear Power Ever Be Justified For Environmental Reasons?

Green Prophet

Jordan looks into the advantages of nuclear and we debunk the ‘green’ arguments for going nuclear. Whilst Turkey reassesses its own nuclear plans following a devastating earthquake, Jordan is still exploring the pros and cons of going radioactive. A recent meeting held in Amman brought together various NGOs, experts and academics for the 4 th International Symposium on Nuclear Energy. So can nuclear power ever really be justified on environmental terms?

Jordan Pushes On With Its Nuclear Plans

Green Prophet

Jordan is now months away from announcing the company they have selected to construct the country’s first nuclear reactor. Despite growing protests against the country’s nuclear plans from residents and environmentalists , the Jordanian government is pressing on with its nuclear programme. The Jordanian government wants to build a 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactor as part of its efforts to end its heavy dependence on energy imports.

Greenpeace Raises More Questions Over Jordan’s Nuclear Plans

Green Prophet

From overstretched contractors exposed by Wikileaks to Japanese criticism over the poor selection of the reactor site, Greenpeace is raising serious questions over Jordan’s nuclear plans. Despite ongoing protests from green campaigners , it seems that Jordan is now determined to go down the path of nuclear power. The other being the poor location of the nuclear reactor so close to a water-poor, bustling metropolis. Problematic Nuclear Industry.

Wind farms unscathed by the massive Japanese earthquake disaster

Green Blog

While the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan continues to be severe, following the devastating and massive earthquake earlier last month, it seems that none of the wind farms in the country have been reported damaged. And the Guardian reports that the Japanese nuclear crisis has made shares in renewable energy sources rocket as public and investors recoil from the nuclear energy industry.

Bill Gates at TED2010: We Need Energy Miracles

Green Life Smart Life

His tone was optimistic but somber, admitting that there are many barriers (cost and regulation were among the highest) to things like carbon capture technology, nuclear energy and renewables growing into mainstream adoption. Tagged: Bill Gates , carbon capture , climate change , Energy , global warming , Green , Innovating to Zero , nuclear energy , Renewable energy , TED2010.

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Nuclear safety expert explains why he became anti-nuclear and pro-solar

Green Blog

The Italian nuclear engineer and safety expert Cesare Silvi explains why he left his former pro-nuclear stance for solar and other renewable energy sources: “I soon came to the conclusion that neither international cooperation nor technological advancements would guarantee human societies to build and safely run nuclear reactors in all possible conditions on Earth (earthquakes, floods, droughts, tornadoes, wars, terrorism, climate change, tsunamis, pandemics, etc.).

China’s Trina Solar Wants to Spend $200 Million in Jordan

Green Prophet

The disruption to Jordan’s natural gas supply from Egypt has finally awoken a sleeping giant: renewable energy. Long focused on oil shale and nuclear energy instead of renewable sources, the Kingdom has recently entered negotiations with no fewer than 20 international wind and solar-energy suppliers. For example, it is unclear where the Chinese energy giant would install the PV plant, or how much energy it would generate.

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Wind surpasses nuclear in China, and the potential for more is huge

Green Blog

Wind has overtaken nuclear as an electricity source in China. In 2012, wind farms generated 2 percent more electricity than nuclear power plants did, a gap that will likely widen dramatically over the next few years as wind surges ahead. Since 2007, nuclear power generation has risen by 10 percent annually, compared with wind’s explosive growth of 80 percent per year. Before the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan, China had 10,200 megawatts of installed nuclear capacity.

Nuclear Power: The Facts & The Fiction

Green Living Ideas

There are few issues in the environmental movement as polarizing as nuclear power. On one hand, nuclear provides a huge, baseload energy source that has no real carbon footprint. On the other hand, it’s easy to see why people are against it: just this week a senior nuclear expert advised that California’s nuclear power plant should be shut down, and the ongoing news about the effects of radiation in Fukushima is scaring people off using nuclear energy altogether.

Jordanians Step Up Nuclear Protests

Green Prophet

Anti-nuclear campaigners in Jordan have staged another protest against the nation’s plans to build a nuclear reactor. Around a month ago, Jordanians held a protest in Amman against the government’s plans to build a nuclear station which they remarked posed more risks than potential positive impacts. Wearing gasmasks and surrounded with mocked-up radioactive nuclear waste barrels, the campaigners insisted that nuclear power was dirty, unsafe and a security threat.

‘Our Jordan is Not Nuclear’ Say Greenpeace Activists

Green Prophet

Campaigners step up their lobbying for a nuclear-free Jordan as the final decision with regards to the chosen firm approaches. The Jordanian government will pick the firm which will build Jordan’s first nuclear station in May. Greenpeace campaigners in Jordan have urged the government to consider “the dire risks” the proposed nuclear project will have on current and future generations. Nuclear reactors can never be safe.

Jordan Jumps Forward on Energy Development

Green Prophet

Jordan hits a fork in the energy development road: each route inciting ardent support and dissidence. Environmental activists united in protest for a second time in six months urging public debate over Jordan’s emerging atomic energy program. Over two dozen anti-nuclear activists protested near Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh’s Amman offices last Saturday, in vocal reaction to a government policy statement reaffirming Jordan’s commitment to nuclear development.

Greenpeace Assesses Jordan’s Energy Future Without Nuclear Option

Green Prophet

Greenpeace Jordan recently launched its first report specific to the Arab World entitled Jordan’s Energy Future (pdf link) to a packed audience of environmentalists, activists and political stakeholders in Amman. The report demonstrates Jordan’s potential to achieve full energy independence through renewable sources whilst campaigning against kingdom ambitions to develop nuclear energy. Image of anti-nuclear protestor via Greenpeace Jordan facebook page.

Jordan Terminates Uranium Mining License with French Firm AREVA

Green Prophet

” And if there is no uranium to supply their nuclear power plants, is there still a future for Jordan’s nuclear ambitions? ” The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission has previously claimed that local uranium will be used in the planned nuclear energy reactor. “As Fukushima and Chernobyl have shown, nuclear power poses an unacceptable risk to the environment and to human health,” Greenpeace said in a statment.

Saudi Arabia Announces Plans For 100% Switch To Renewables

Green Prophet

A bright and renewable future for Saudi Arabia? Following plans to transform Mecca into a solar city, an influential member of the Saudi Royal family has announced even more ambitious renewable energy plans for the country. Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, founder of the King Faisal Foundation and one of the state’s top spokesmen, said he wants to the country to switch completely from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Never gamble with George Monbiot

Green Blog

Of course Monbiot perhaps missed the point that if we apply his definition for grid parity to other energy sources, very few if any energy sources are capable of achieving it. For example Monbiot has never been shy of his enthusiasm for Nuclear power, which he describes glowing terms as “UK’s most viable sources of low-carbon electricity ”…. But what about other energy sources? Of course everything is far from rosy in the renewables garden.

While renewables grow, world nuclear electricity generation is on the decline

Green Blog

World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built. In fact, the actual electricity generated at nuclear power plants fell 5 percent between 2006 and 2011. In 2011, following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, 13 nuclear reactors in Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom were permanently taken offline. Energy nuclear nuclear energy Renewable Energy

Jordanians Hold Vigil for Fukushima

Green Prophet

On the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Greenpeace volunteers gathered in Amman to hold a vigil. The event was organised to show solidarity with those who has suffered due to the Fukushima incident and all those who has has been placed in danger due to the use of nuclear power. At around 6.30pm, 40 sky lanterns were released by Jordanians citizens and Japanese students to remember the nuclear disaster which began to unfold exactly one year ago in Fukushima. “We

Man-made climate change is one of the UK's biggest threats

Green (Living) Review

"That is why, unlike 13 wasted years of Labour, we are building the first nuclear power station for 30 years in our country. " David Cameron also noted that the UK was on track to meet its renewable targets. He also quoted the energy minister Michael Fallon answering a question about climate change: “You are not going to draw me on that. Long-term investment like high-speed rail, long-term investment like nuclear power, long-term investment like fixing our economy.

Who Needs 11 Nuclear Plants?

Green Prophet

Egyptian environmentalists urge officials to reconsider their plans to acquire 11 nuclear power plants. Egypt’s military intends to acquire 11 nuclear power plants. This comes soon after press reported that government officials expressed concern about a potential radiation leak at the Anshas nuclear power plant just outside Cairo. At a recent seminar in Cairo, officials openly discussed the country’s nuclear energy program.

An Energy Insider for Nuclear Newcomers in the Middle East

Green Prophet

Nuclear energy is a low carbon power source, but whether or not it should be considered a renewable energy source is long debated and fought over –- even in the Middle East where the industry is nascent. Like the oil industry upon which our modern industrial world is built, nuclear does and will play a role in the world’s energy supply. This is what I am asking Jack Shillito, a senior analyst for Nuclear Energy Insider.

"The Red Faces of the Solar Skeptics"

Environmental Economics

Nancy Folbre: If the faces of renewable energy critics are not red yet, they soon will be. For years, these critics — of solar photovoltaics in particular — have called renewable energy a boutique fantasy. It’s also threatening the balance sheets of electric utility companies that continue to rely heavily on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

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Experts at US-Arab Policy Conference debate Mideast’s future as global energy supplier

Green Prophet

Does the rapid expansion of new technologies like fracking threaten the future of eco-friendly energy alternatives such as wind and solar energy? An energy panel held on the first day of the Oct. Shihab Kuran, president of Sun Edison Advanced Solutions, and Kevin Book, co-founder of ClearView Energy Partners LLC. The panel was moderated by Randa Fahmy Hudome, general counsel for the American-Egyptian Strategic Alliance and former associate deputy secretary of energy.

Iran’s Energy Minister Looks to Green Energy After Sanctions

Green Prophet

Sanctions have backed fossil-rich Iran into a corner, which could bode well for the country’s renewable sector. . While the government’s failure to act could be disastrous for Iranian nationals, one potential upside is that the Energy Minister has recently admitted the importance of beefing up the country’s renewable energy sector. Fledgling renewable sector. At present, Iran has a fledgling renewable sector.

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Jordan’s Dinosaur Grid to Get a “Smart” Upgrade?

Green Prophet

As new renewable, nuclear and oil-shale power plants are slated to come online in the next decade, a digital electrical system would enhance energy efficiency and safety, writes the Jordan Times. Smart grids use digital technology that allow power producers to better understand load requirements, and the behavior of both producers and consumers of energy. New Energy Era. More on Energy Generation in Jordan: Understanding Jordan’s Nuclear Ambitions.

Green-Roofed Istanbul International Financial Center Breaks Ground

Green Prophet

Despite some green concessions, including green roofs , on-site renewable energy generation , and plenty of urban green space, locals who must contend with greater traffic congestion and other hazards are unlikely to be moved. Additionally, despite the country’s susceptibility to earthquakes, the government is still pushing nuclear energy, an issue that sparked yet another outcry by local residents.

Solutions To Jordan’s Energy Crisis Must Be Sustainable

Green Prophet

Jordan may be dealing with an energy crisis exacerbated by attacks on the Sinai Peninsula gas pipeline – but now is not the time for rash decisions. Over the last of couple of months, voices highlighting the threat of an energy crisis in Jordan are getting louder. The situation is desperately alarming they say and whilst they’re right to be concerned about the country’s heavy energy dependency – their calls to embrace shale oil and nuclear power are shortsighted.